Guy Gavriel Kay
|Guy Gavriel Kay|
Kay in 2011
November 7, 1954|
Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Genre||Fantasy, historical fiction|
Guy Gavriel Kay CM (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian writer of fantasy fiction. Many of his novels are set in fictional realms that resemble real places during real historical periods, such as Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I or Spain during the time of El Cid. Those works are published and marketed as historical fantasy, although Kay has expressed a preference to avoid genre categorization.
When Christopher Tolkien needed an assistant to edit his father J. R. R. Tolkien's unpublished work, he chose Kay, then a student of philosophy at the University of Manitoba. Kay moved to Oxford in 1974 to assist Tolkien in editing The Silmarillion.
He returned to Canada in 1975 to take a law degree at the University of Toronto. He was called to the bar of Ontario in 1981.
Kay became principal writer and an associate producer for a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio series, The Scales of Justice, and continued as principal writer when the series went to television.
- The Fionavar Tapestry, concerning five people from our Earth in a parallel world, "the first of all worlds", in three parts:
- Tigana (1990), set in a period inspired by renaissance Italy
- A Song for Arbonne (1992), a modification of the Albigensian Crusade in a medieval Provence, winner of the 1993 Prix Aurora Award
- The Lions of Al-Rassan (1995), set in an analogue of medieval Spain
- The Sarantine Mosaic, inspired by the Byzantium of Justinian I, in two parts:
- Beyond This Dark House (2003), a collection of poetry
- The Last Light of the Sun (2004), evoking the Viking invasions during the reign of Alfred the Great
- Ysabel (2007), a modern urban fantasy set in Provence, centering on a teenage boy and his encounters with characters from the distant past. Explicitly if lightly linked to The Fionavar Tapestry
- Under Heaven (April 27, 2010), based on the 8th century Tang Dynasty and the events leading up to the An Shi Rebellion
- River of Stars (April 2, 2013), set in the same timeline as Under Heaven, based on the 12th century Song Dynasty and the events around the Jin-Song Wars and the transition from Northern Song to Southern Song
- Children of Earth and Sky (May 10, 2016), set in the same world as The Lions of Al-Rassan, The Sarantine Mosaic, and The Last Light of the Sun, and evoking Italy, Istanbul and the Balkans in the 15th century.
- A Brightness Long Ago (May 14, 2019), set in a world reminiscent of early Renaissance Italy
Partial list of nominations, awards and accolades
- Kay won the 1985 Scales of Justice Award for best media treatment of a legal issue, Canadian Law Reform Commission, 1985, for "Second Time Around".
- The Wandering Fire won the 1987 Prix Aurora Award in the English category for best speculative fiction.
- Kay was runner up for the White Pine Award in 2007 for Ysabel.
- Ysabel was the winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
- Kay has also won the International Goliardos Award for his contributions of the international literature of the fantastic.
- Under Heaven won the Sunburst Award in 2011 and was long listed for the IMPAC/Dublin Literary prize.
- Kay was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014 "for his contributions to the field of speculative fiction as an internationally celebrated author."
- Under Heaven won the 2015 Prix Elbakin in France.
- River of Stars won the 2017 Prix Elbakin in France.
- Under Heaven was named the best fantasy novel of the year by The American Library Association, and was the SF Book Club's Book of the Year
- Kay has been nominated several times for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.
- Kay has been nominated four times for the World Fantasy Award, and won in 2008 for "'Ysabel'".
- Kay has been nominated multiple times for the Canadian Sunburst Award.
- Flood, Alison (October 29, 2014). "Guy Gavriel Kay: 'I learned a lot about false starts from JRR Tolkien'". The Guardian. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
- Professional Awards (1980-2006) Archived March 25, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- "A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
- Guy Gavriel Kay (1954–) Biography - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Adaptations, Sidelights
- 2009 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees Archived October 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- Shortlist for the 2005 Sunburst Award Archived March 17, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- 2011 Sunburst Award Winners Archived August 9, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award: 2012 Longlist Archived April 21, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Order of Canada Appointments June 30, 2014
- "Remise de trophées du prix Elbakin.net - Elbakin.net". www.elbakin.net (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-13.
- "Remise des trophées du prix Elbakin.net adulte aux Utopiales 2017 - Elbakin.net". www.elbakin.net (in French). Retrieved 2018-10-13.
- "2011 The REading list | Awards & Grants". www.ala.org. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
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- Bright Weavings – authorized website with some contributions by Kay
- Kay at publisher Penguin Books Canada
- Guy Gavriel Kay at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Guy Gavriel Kay entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Guy Gavriel Kay at Library of Congress Authorities, with 22 catalogue records